|Brothers James, John William, Marshall, Tanner about 2003|
Six years ago today the unthinkable happened to my precious family, and only a few short weeks after bringing home a new sister from China (news story). It’s been a unique experience for me to be introduced into this family after this tragedy happened and to observe my in-laws as they have endured the pain and sombre heartache that accompanies such things. But if I have learned one thing from them and the way they have handled this, it is that I know that hard things can be done, and sometimes they just have to be. My family have given me the insight, the courage, the strength, and the faith to know that I can do hard things with dignity and grace. Their bravery has inspired me to be brave, too, no matter what comes. It has been indescribably hard on them, no doubt. But my heart has been continually tenderized as I watch my family honor James’ life by still living theirs, and by letting this whole experience build their faith in God instead of letting it tear their faith down. James was a strong and faithful soldier in God’s Army and although I didn’t know him, I feel very close to him and admire the sacred legacy he has left. I am honored to have my own son named after such a sweet, good young man and am grateful for the way of honor and integrity James has paved for my baby boy to follow. For us all to follow, really. We love you James Nathaniel!